Olayemi is an Ambassador who studied abroad in London
Major: Political Science
Why did you choose to study abroad and how did you decide on this program?
I chose to intern and study abroad because I wanted to get out of my Minnesota bubble and expose myself to a new place with a new perspective. I knew I wanted to be in Europe, and London had always been a place of interest to me because of the history and rich multicultural aspect it has to offer. Also being in London for me meant that I would be able to travel easily to other parts of Europe which was an important experience I wanted to have.
Briefly describe a specific cultural experience you had on your trip that made a lasting impression.
A cultural experience that had a lasting impression on me was when I went to Coventry, England to visit some friends that I met in 2015 when they did an exchange program at CSB/SJU. It was a great time visiting them because I was able to see other parts of England that was not the hustle and bustle of London. I also was able to have an authentic British meal called Toad in a Hole. They showed me their university campus and surrounding area which was very interesting and had historical significance from World War II. I was also able to speak with them about their experiences at CSB/SJU and compare it to their home university in Coventry. It was truly a meaningful experience that I will never forget.
Describe your overall study abroad experience.
My overall study and internship experience was fulfilling. I was able to accomplish most of the goals I made for myself before the trip. The opportunity to live, work, and travel was truly an experience that has enabled me to grow in so many ways. My time abroad has helped me realize that there is so much of the world that I am excited to explore, learn, and appreciate.
Based on your experiences abroad, what are some of the benefits of spending a semester abroad? How has studying abroad contributed to your personal, academic, and professional development?
My experience abroad has greatly impacted my personal academic and professional development because I was able to have many unique experiences. Personally I went out of my comfort zone and tried to be very independent which taught me a lot. Academically I took courses I was interested in and made the most of the field trips and class activities. Professionally my internship exposed me to a new working environment that was helpful in my summer internship when I came back to the United States.
What advice can you offer for CSB/SJU students who are considering or planning to study abroad?
My advice to CSB/SJU students who are considering studying abroad in London is to be willing to try new things and take risks.It may seem a bit nerve racking at first to go out and do things alone or try new things or go to new places, but just do it. There is nothing wrong with being independent and meeting new people, it is important you get out of your comfort zone and branch out of the group sometimes. You never know the people you will meet and how they will impact you. It is also important to have a true cultural exchange and the only way to do that is by fully immersing yourself as much as possible.